For those of you that will be taking the Tacoma, Washington Fire exam(applications are available until June 26th) the following are test taking strategies that will increase your score!! www.fireprep.com

The FSI study guide you received at sign-up has over 100 pages of fire-related subjects that you must memorize. All the questions for the test are taken from these pages. The more prepared you are, the better your score will be. Remember that luck goes to the prepared! Many fire applicants have a false sense of security thinking these type of examinations that have study guides are easy. Nothing could be further from the truth. These examinations are difficult and will take a large amount of time to prepare for. Listed below are some strategies that we suggest you follow to increase your score:

„h When you first receive this study guide, you might feel it is overwhelming ˇV donˇ¦t let it be. The key is to tackle each subject individually.
„h Start by reading the entire study guide from start to finish to give you a general idea of what is contained in the different testing subjects.
„h Your next step should be to go back to the first subject. Read it over. When you are finished, read it over again, this time highlighting and underlining all important information. You have now read the first testing subject three times. It is now time to take the practice examination for the first testing subject. After you have completed the exam, go to the answer key and correct your paper. Next, look over the questions you got wrong, find those areas in the study guide and reread those sections. Repeat this for each testing subject.
„h For additional preparation, we suggest that you now make flashcards of all the important statements in the study guide, especially areas where you answered incorrectly. For example, under the subject of aerial ladders it states, ˇ§Aerial ladders are normally available in 65ˇ¦, 75ˇ¦, 85ˇ¦ and 100ˇ¦ lengths.ˇ¨ On the front of the card, you would write, ˇ§Aerial ladders are normally available in what lengths?ˇ¨ On the back of the card, write ˇ§65ˇ¦, 75ˇ¦, 85ˇ¦ and 100ˇ¦ lengths.ˇ¨ You can do this for each of the statements that you highlighted and underlined in each testing subject.
„h If you are dedicated to scoring well on the exam, you should make up between 250-500 flashcards.
„h Another study tip is to make audiotapes. Take the practice examination and/or flashcard questions and read them into a cassette tape, pausing 2-3 seconds after each question before you state the answer. Do not read the answer choices from the practice examination questions in your audiotape. This will help increase your knowledge of the material. Think of all the time you spend in your car that could be used for additional study time.
„h You can also use your cassette tapes when you need a break from reading the study guide.
„h You may want to try and form study groups of people who are also taking the examination, but be sure that the people in your study group are serious about studying for the examination and arenˇ¦t just going to use you to increase their score because they didnˇ¦t adequately prepare.
„h Each time you take our practice examination, go back to your weak areas and reread them until you feel confident. It cannot be emphasized enough ˇV the more preparation and studying you do, the higher your score and ranking will be on the eligibility list.

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